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Alteration of apricock (with influence from French abricot), itself an alteration of abrecock (with influence from Latin apricum (“sunny place”)), from dialectal Catalan abrecoc, abercoc, variants of standard albercoc, from Arabic ??????????? (al-barq?q, “plums”), from Byzantine Greek ?????????? (berikokkí?, “apricot tree”), from Ancient Greek ?????????? (praikókion), from Late Latin (persica) praecocia (literally “(peaches) which ripen early”), (m?lum) praecoquum (literally “(apple) which ripens early”).
apricot (plural apricots)
- A round sweet and juicy stone fruit, resembling peach or plum in taste, with a yellow-orange flesh, lightly fuzzy skin and a large seed inside.
- The apricot tree, Prunus armeniaca
- A pale yellow-orange colour, like that of an apricot fruit.
- A dog with an orange-coloured coat.
- (sniper slang) the junction of the brain and brain stem on a target, used as an aiming point to ensure a one-shot kill.
- (slang, Australia, dated, usually in the plural) A testicle.
- Of a pale yellowish-orange colour, like that of an apricot.